Today's News

  • Sunset Beach DWI case continued for Catawba prosecutor

    BOLIVIA—A hearing for Catawba County Assistant District Attorney Eric Bellas, charged in June with driving while impaired in Sunset Beach, has been continued until January.

    Bellas was scheduled to be at the Brunswick County Courthouse last Wednesday, Nov. 30. He has retained local attorney Roy Trest to represent him.

  • ‘If everyone does something, it makes a difference’

    Constructed of fiberboard, the foundation of the mobile home was dissolving. The children had to walk over a plank to get to their rooms.

    Maggie Williams, a Shallotte woman raising three grandchildren in her mobile home, needed help to repair the hole in the floor, so she turned to WARM, Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry Inc.

    WARM is a nonprofit that makes homes safer for low-income homeowners, many of whom are elderly or disabled.

    And WARM knew just who to ask for help in Brunswick County.

  • Money transfer scams target victims looking for ‘good deals’

    Editor’s Note: This is the third story in a series of stories about the various financial scams that have been reported in Brunswick County. If you think you have been a victim of a scam, report it to your local police department, or to detective Ed Carter at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office at 253-2777.

    BOLIVIA—As Brunswick County residents continue to lose money to overseas scams, officials warn people not to fall victim to counterfeit check scams.

  • State Senate repeals Racial Justice Act

    RALEIGH—Members of the North Carolina Senate have voted to repeal the state’s Racial Justice Act.

    Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick, was among those who voted to repeal the law, which passed the Senate 27 votes to 17 votes Nov. 228.

    The House previously passed its appeal on a 64-52 party-line vote in June. State Rep. Frank Iler, an Oak Island Republican, voted to repeal the law, while N.C. Rep. Dewey Hill, a Whiteville Democrat, voted against the measure.

  • Board of education approves employee bonuses

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education on Tuesday night approved a one-time bonus for eligible Brunswick County Schools employees for $1,000 each.

    Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Edward Pruden said all employees who are eligible for retirement and health benefits would receive a one-time $1,000 bonus Dec. 20. All permanent part-time employees would receive a $500 bonus and all similarity eligible employees who were hired after Sept. 1 would receive $250. They would also receive their bonuses Dec. 20.

  • Commissioners direct human resources director to tweak retirees’ health benefits policy

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County government retirees have fully funded health coverage—even if they worked as little as one year for Brunswick County.

    County human resources director Debbie Barnes described the policy as “very generous,” and during a county workshop Monday night, she asked commissioners to consider changing it.

    To qualify, retirees must have “10 years of creditable service recognizing service with other state and/or local jurisdictions,” Barnes said.

  • New mayor gets gaveled shortly after swearing-in

    SUNSET BEACH—New Sunset Beach Mayor Richard Cerrato was cut short by mayor pro tem Lou De Vita as Cerrato tried to read a statement at Monday night’s town council meeting.

    Cerrato, who took the oath of office at the monthly meeting following his election Nov. 8, had handed De Vita the gavel as he stepped down from the council dais to deliver a written statement to residents at the end of Monday night’s meeting.

  • Calabash FD expanding to site of Granny Allyn's restaurant

    CALABASH—The Calabash Fire Department is finally expanding.

    Jennings Edge, president of the department’s board of directors, confirmed this week the department is purchasing adjacent land on the site of Granny Allyn’s Country Kitchen.

    The longtime eatery is at the corner of Thomasboro Road, next door to the current fire station on Persimmon Road.

    Edge said the restaurant would close for good as the land purchase is finalized for the fire department’s expansion.

  • Commissioners give themselves $1,000 bonuses

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioner Phil Norris said he didn’t realize he was voting himself and his fellow commissioners a bonus when they approved a one-time bonus for all full-time county employees last month.

    But Norris also said this week he didn’t see any reason to take the issue up again.

    “It’s a done deal. I think it’s fair. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander,” Norris said.

  • Does political correctness now trump common sense, sanity and Christmas spirit?

    I am a pro-life Christian. Chances are, if you’ve ever read the words that usually occupy this space, you’ve probably already assumed as much. But I tend to steer clear of such topics.

    By their inherent nature, these topics also tend to be loaded topics, and one usually has little chance in persuading his or her readers to change his or her mind about his or her stance on life, so, like I said, I’ve found it’s best to avoid the subject.